Essay on Self Reliance And Walden By Henry David Thoreau

1005 Words Mar 24th, 2016 5 Pages
Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one 's own person is the ultimate goal. Transcendentalism is the idea that in order to learn about God and the universe, one must go beyond everyday experience to a higher standing. The five core beliefs of transcendentalists are non-conformity, self-reliance, free thought, confidence and importance of nature. The essays Self-reliance and Walden are examples of self-reliance. Self-reliance was written by Ralph Waldo Emerson and he urges his readers to follow their individual will instead of conforming to others. He encourages his readers to be honest in their relationships with others, and to follow one’s own voice. The essay Walden was written by Henry David Thoreau and is about his life living in the woods and discovering nature. Thoreau’s writing while living in the woods changed people’s perspectives of society. Transcendentalism was discovered around the age of Romanticism. It encouraged Thoreau to leave what he had to go live in a shack in the woods all alone to become one with nature. From the texts Self-reliance and Walden, Thoreau had the superiority over Emerson in the texts of self-reliance. His texts focused on the core belief and went above and beyond Emerson. Society has to be honest with itself, they have to seek solitude and believe their own thought.
Emerson wrote the essay Self-reliance which pointed out to follow your own thought, be honest with oneself and to seek solitude. The essay Self-reliance…

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